Dec. 5, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. -- Pepperdine women's soccer head coach Tim Ward was named the NSCAA/Mondo West Region Coach of the Year, as announced this weekend in conjunction with the NCAA Women's College Cup. This is the second time Ward has been bestowed this honor, with the first coming after the 2002 season. He led the 2011 Waves, originally picked to finish sixth in the West Coast Conference's preseason coaches' poll, to a 15-2-4 record, a share of the WCC title and the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005.
Ward earned WCC Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career. He coached 10 Waves to All-WCC honors this season, including Freshman of the Year Lynn Williams and first teamers Laura Cole and Michelle Pao.
This year marked the 11th winning season for the Waves under Ward's watch and the sixth NCAA Tournament berth. The Waves went 17 (13-0-4) games into the season unbeaten, the longest single-season streak in school history.
With this honor, Ward and seven other regional coach of the year selections along with those coaches whose teams advanced to the NCAA semifinals will be on the ballot for NSCAA/Mondo Division I National Coach of the Year recognition. The recipient of the national award will be announced at the annual Awards Banquet Friday, Jan. 13, 2012 at the Kansas City Convention Center, in conjunction with the NSCAA Convention.